Invitations to a Samsung press event on 3rd May have led to speculation that the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S3 is set to launch in London next month. The Mobile Unpacked event is planned to be held in Earl’s Court in London and Samsung has already launched an app for the event onto Google Market. A video has also been released on the website thenextgalaxy.com, which makes a jokey stab at iPhone users for being “sheep”.
It isn’t a huge amount of information to go on but that doesn’t stop the speculation. The, albeit brief description suggests this could be a smartphone with an impressively fast processor. If it’s to have the same kind of impact as its predecessor then it needs to pack a punch. When the Galaxy S2 launched it was the first with a dual-core processor and it changed the landscape in terms of speed and usability for a smartphone.
A Korean newspaper claims the S3 will have a 4.65 inch HD touchscreen, with the super AMOLED technology and a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Under the hood it’s claimed the device will be powered by a quad core processor and will have LTE capability for the US market.
While the rumours keep coming, Samsung has kept largely quiet, apart from rebutting one report. One of the earliest rumours for the S3 – which also turned into an iPhone 5 rumour for a while – was that the device would be in 3D. How likely this was ever going to be once 3D started to wane slightly in public popularity remains to be seen but Samsung has released a statement saying that the S3 won’t be 3D, and it’s unlikely in the near future any other Samsung smartphone will be either.
Whichever invite is true, and whatever the final specifications are for the S3 at least there isn’t much longer to wait. The Samsung Exynos chipset features in other devices and it widely regarded by many as the secret behind the success of the galaxy brand that has helped give the devices the edge over their consumers. Fast and responsive it means their smartphones have little lag. For tech-junkies exploring how this chipset could work in a quad-core processor will be of real interest
Undoubtedly there is a lot riding on the shoulders of the new device. The S2 is spoken of so fondly and was such a game-changer that everyone expects the S3 to do exactly the same. Admittedly it turns the smartphone market into an arms race as manufacturers release innovation after innovation to try to catch up to those at the front of the pack. At the front is where Samsung is. Whether that makes it easier, or harder, when you release a new flagship remains to be seen. We’ll find out in May.
Thomas writes for Best Mobile Contracts, the UK's leading mobile phone comparison website and the best place to look for new iPhone 4S contracts.
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